In one of the most candid MSNBC segments discussing the evangelical movement Peter Wehner describes the effect of conspiracy theories as turning Christianity into a “moral freak show.”
Also on the panel was Joe Scarborough, self-proclaimed Southern Baptist, who asked this heartfelt hypothetical to fellow Christians, “If you’ve embraced the greatest story ever told . . . why do you have to follow religiously these conspiracy theories . . .?”
They were also joined by David French, who offered another thoughtful explanation as to why evangelicals have embraced conspiracy theories: prophecy.
“What you are having to realize is that an awful lot of Christians are living in an environment where Donald Trump has been prophesied to be a world historic figure who is going to assist and empower the kingdom of God.” David French
2 freethinking observations . . .
1) Describing Christianity as a “moral freak show” is fairly accurate, but I’d depict it as a cognitive nightmare. One the one hand, equating the former president as a moral leader and elevating him to the stature of a “historical figure who is going to assist . . . the kingdom of God” does qualify as moral freak show. But it really illustrates how supernatural beliefs coupled with conspiracy theories acts like a cancer on the brain and destroys the ability to think rationally.
This my friends is living in a cognitive nightmare; a state of mind in which one’s thoughts are completely untethered from reality.
2) I have long thought that before Christianity dies as a viable religion it will first become a haven for radicals filled with bizarre ideas and who are prone to antisocial behavior—if not outright violence. What we are witnessing now in Christendom may be the precursor to its downfall. When I think of Christianity and its disciples today, I see a person wearing a MAGA hat, waving a TRUMP flag and violently storming the Capitol.
My impression of modern Christians may be wrong, but the manner in which they have embraced the fundamentalist / evangelical version of Christianity is the most dominate version getting preached. This version of Christianity is also the one being accepted and amplified among the GOP, as well as a sizable number of republican conservatives across America. Which tells me that my impression of what Christianity is and where it is headed is not entirely wrong.